‘Game of Thrones’ promo leaves fans feeling burned

Fans who came to see a dragon only got to see smoke and a few overturned pieces of park furniture. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Fans who came to see a dragon only got to see smoke and a few overturned pieces of park furniture. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

An event held at Union Square Park to promote the HBO drama “Game of Thrones” ended up being mocked by the show’s fans and a few media outlets after an anticipated appearance by a “dragon” was a no-show.

Gothamist poked fun at the display, which included crushed benches and an overturned lamppost accented by billowing smoke that resulted in a visit from the Fire Department. But as it was reminiscent of pretty much any construction site seen throughout the city, the New York Post proclaimed the event a “dud.”

This was because after fans had waited hours for the spectacle, which was set up ahead of the fantasy show’s season 5 DVD release, there were only dragon footprints on the ground and an HBO employee who was tasked with “apologizing” that the large mythical reptile had caused such a “mess.”

Gothamist reported that FDNY showed up after reports of smoke. A fireman asked if they would be able to turn it off and after being shown a permit for the event, they relented, but said that if they continued to get calls about it, the smoke would have to be turned off.

The event was hosted in conjunction with a screening later that day in Herald Square, showing an animated featurette about the making of an episode.

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